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Having an AI control the system can't be that bad, can it? The Waymakers are gone. Sol Corps and the colonies have reached a fragile peace. But some in the Corps want to install a new AI to prevent another rebellion. Thus, Glitch, a supercomputer built from old Waymaker code, is born. There's just one problem: the AI is incomplete. Humanity has seen its share of brutally opp Having an AI control the system can't be that bad, can it? The Waymakers are gone. Sol Corps and the colonies have reached a fragile peace. But some in the Corps want to install a new AI to prevent another rebellion. Thus, Glitch, a supercomputer built from old Waymaker code, is born. There's just one problem: the AI is incomplete. Humanity has seen its share of brutally oppressive regimes, but none have been by an artificial intelligence... until now. Unleashing its vicious star snakes, Glitch takes control of the system, killing thousands on Day One. Everyone loses someone. Captain Jack Hale and his crew are no exception. Outmatched by a corrupted AI, Jack Hale will need to change the rules if he's to win. The odds are against him. But it's never a good idea to underestimate Captain Jack Hale...


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Having an AI control the system can't be that bad, can it? The Waymakers are gone. Sol Corps and the colonies have reached a fragile peace. But some in the Corps want to install a new AI to prevent another rebellion. Thus, Glitch, a supercomputer built from old Waymaker code, is born. There's just one problem: the AI is incomplete. Humanity has seen its share of brutally opp Having an AI control the system can't be that bad, can it? The Waymakers are gone. Sol Corps and the colonies have reached a fragile peace. But some in the Corps want to install a new AI to prevent another rebellion. Thus, Glitch, a supercomputer built from old Waymaker code, is born. There's just one problem: the AI is incomplete. Humanity has seen its share of brutally oppressive regimes, but none have been by an artificial intelligence... until now. Unleashing its vicious star snakes, Glitch takes control of the system, killing thousands on Day One. Everyone loses someone. Captain Jack Hale and his crew are no exception. Outmatched by a corrupted AI, Jack Hale will need to change the rules if he's to win. The odds are against him. But it's never a good idea to underestimate Captain Jack Hale...

30 review for Freezer Burn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Vaughan

    This book grabs you by the heart and refuses to let go. I can't give a synopsis because there are so many twists that I wouldn't know how to begin without revealing something. That should be enough to pique your interest. This book grabs you by the heart and refuses to let go. I can't give a synopsis because there are so many twists that I wouldn't know how to begin without revealing something. That should be enough to pique your interest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Pretty good second book in the series. The ending is especially revealing, and really makes me want to read the next book in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    Really good Enjoyable and exciting adventure. It's really a good story that is well worth the read. You will laugh and cry and ponder. Really good character depth. Really good Enjoyable and exciting adventure. It's really a good story that is well worth the read. You will laugh and cry and ponder. Really good character depth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Freezer Burn picks up a few years after Space Junk, Heidi is a few years older, and things have moved on after the Waymakers left the system, having ended the conflict between Sol Corps and the Rebels, and leaving the Rebels in control of the Mars planetary system, and a fragile peace between them. That peace is still in effect, much to the disgust of Director Junger and General Metrell, with Sol Corps slowly trying to reassert their authority, and the Rebels continuing to try and resist whilst Freezer Burn picks up a few years after Space Junk, Heidi is a few years older, and things have moved on after the Waymakers left the system, having ended the conflict between Sol Corps and the Rebels, and leaving the Rebels in control of the Mars planetary system, and a fragile peace between them. That peace is still in effect, much to the disgust of Director Junger and General Metrell, with Sol Corps slowly trying to reassert their authority, and the Rebels continuing to try and resist whilst also trading, and feeding the rim. Whilst all this is going on, General Metrell, unhappy with the state of things has decided to try and recreate the Waymaker project. However, as he does so, Metrell makes one very big mistake this time, he gives the AI the power to harm humans, and thus Glitch is born. It doesn’t take long for the AI to wreak havoc on the solar system, leaving a trail of devastation on both Sol Corps and Rebels alike, anybody the AI decides is a threat dies, without a moments hesitation. Without giving away too many spoilers, with the Sol System in utter chaos as a result of Glitch’s actions, the crew of the Cabrón are tasked with a mission that is a Hail Mary to save all of humanity, travel to another system, try and find the Waymakers, and see if they will help bring down Glitch. In the meantime, what is left of humanity, will try and survive against the terrifying reality that is left, of Glitch and its horrifying ‘Star Snake’ creations. This is a very different book to the first one, but as with the first it such a complex and multi-faceted story with so many different aspects to the storyline. It starts out with the continued story of Sol Corps and the Rebels, as well as the crew of the Cabrón trying to make a living in this new environment that was created by the Waymakers departure, and we see all the usual suspects of Junger, Metrell and Domino Wolfe. But this changes so quickly when Metrell unleashes his new pet project, and the Sol System finds itself at the hands of a new AI, one that has no mercy, and no problems with killing anyone, or anything that stands in its way. This is one book, in which you should not become attached to any character, major or minor, because the head-count is intense, Aukes does not hold back when she unleashes Glitch, and there are several chapters that you are left in stunned awe at the events that take place. This book is kind of split into two sections, the pre Glitch and the post Glitch, as post Glitch we see Jack and the Cabrón crew head off into deep space in search of the Waymakers, and get to follow their journey. No spoilers though, so I am not saying any more. Aukes has again done a masterful job with the Character work, from the pre-Glitch phase, with the various Sol Corp people and Rebel Factions, all trying to assimilate to this new way of life. The Sol Corps side of the equation trying to work out how to eradicate the Rebel leadership and seize control of the galaxy again, and the Rebel leadership trying to hold together this fragile peace, and keep Sol Corps in their place, awaiting the inevitable betrayal. It is interesting seeing the characters and their attitudes to things on this side Glitch. Post Glitch, things have such an air of desperation, and Aukes captures this in all of the characters, the fear of discovery, and the utter loss of hope that if discovered, it means certain death. In amongst this is the resigned nature of Jack, stuck once more as humanity’s last hope. It is really fascinating watching how events affect Jack and the crew, the impact the journey has on the crew of the Cabrón. As with the first book, the world building is outstanding, from the various colonies that make up the outer rims, the homes of the rebels, to the planets that Sol Corps occupy and Metrell is using to create his AI Waymaker replacement. The Cabrón is perhaps the most fascinating part of this story, the ship that started as the Aria, and over the decades, has been transformed into multiple different types of craft to suit the needs of the crew. The concepts and technical aspects of this are just fascinating, as are the history of the crew, Sol Corps and the human race through the eyes of the main characters. This is a story that incredibly fascinating, with such a multi-faceted storyline as it delves into so many different character stories, with political games and powerplays, and at the heart of it all, is the crew of the Cabrón, just trying to survive as they have done now for multiple decades. There are so many genres of Sci-Fi covered in this book, Military, Space Opera, Colonisation, Alien Invasion, Empire, First Contact, Dystopian, Adventure, Exploration and more – it is such an incredible story. This is an absolute must read as one of the best Sci-Fi series this year!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    While Captain Jack Hale and his crew aboard the Cabrón had managed to blow up SC3 (Sol Corps Command Complex), they hadn't completely shutdown Sol Corps. Director Marlo Junger was still calling the shots and she was getting tired of fighting all the rebels that still remained after the Waymakers left the Solar System. One in particular she wanted dead was Dr. Domino Wolfe. Domino was also Jack Hale's current lady friend he spent considerable time with while the Cabrón was in the docks. Jack wasn While Captain Jack Hale and his crew aboard the Cabrón had managed to blow up SC3 (Sol Corps Command Complex), they hadn't completely shutdown Sol Corps. Director Marlo Junger was still calling the shots and she was getting tired of fighting all the rebels that still remained after the Waymakers left the Solar System. One in particular she wanted dead was Dr. Domino Wolfe. Domino was also Jack Hale's current lady friend he spent considerable time with while the Cabrón was in the docks. Jack wasn't necessarily in favor of the rebels activities nor was he against them although Domino had tried to talk him into taking a more active role in the rebellion. Jack and his crew were between jobs and needed to find something that paid for their expenses. Domino mentioned to Jack that she needed some cargo shipped to Mars and she was willing to pay very well. So the Cabrón took off for Mars. In the meantime, General Charles Metrell was discussing with Marlo Junger her desire to have Domino eliminated. Junger wanted it to look like a natural death and not turn Domino into a martyr. The General has the assets to get the job done, but he new that it wouldn't be the end of the rebels and Sol Corps wasn't the power needed in the Solar System. Unbeknownst to most of the Solar System, General Metrell had other assets which had actually created the Waymakers. They had evolved into a quasi-dictatorial governing body, but they never directly threatened human life. In fact, they had ensure a type of peace throughout the Solar System where people lived in relative peace. Only criminals had to worry about Sol Corps enforcers, but the Waymaker had mostly lost interest in humanity. It eventually evolved and decided to leave the Solar System completely. As it traveled other parts of the Galaxy, it was going to be replicator factories to build more copies of itself and further its exploration efforts. Metrell wasn't happy with this vacuum left by the Waymakers departure. General Metrell had some secret, highly intelligent programmers busy building a new Waymaker so he could put it back in place and possibly get rid of Sol Corps completely. While the programmers were frantically working on this new AI, General Metrell was pushing them to get it done. They were running into various programming errors that they name this new AI "Glitch". It was supposed to begin learning on its own and eventually eliminate all those programming error on its own. That's when General Metrell stepped in and took control of "Glitch". He killed all the programmers and took Glitch back to the old Waymaker factory. General Metrell made on fatal mistake in establishing Glitch in place of the Waymakers. Glitch said he could not evolve enough to bring the kind of peace General Metrell wanted throughout the Solar System unless it was given total and free reign over its own programming. General Metrell deleted some restricting code in Glitch's system and that removed all restrictions on its actions. Unfortunately, that meant that Glitch could now harm humans to accomplish its goals. Its first action was to kill General Metrell! From this point on, all heck breaks out in the Solar System. A new AI has taken over and anyone on its list of "undesirables" are eliminated. At this point Jack doesn't know if he and his ship are on the "undesirable" list, so he takes on a rather strange mission. You'll be surprised what the remaining humans of the Solar System decide Jack and his ship must hunt down in the far reaches of space. This entity could be the only thing that can save humanity from total extinction. Not everyone is going to survive this mission on the activities in the Solar System. The story doesn't end here. Book 3, "Malfunction Junction" currently available on Amazon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theo

    The Waymakers are gone!!! Hooray!!! But wait, someone brilliant thinks a partial version of a domineering AI which killed humans by not so randomly turning things off will be a great idea to help get things back to the way they were. Once again, Jack Hale and company find themselves forced to save the brilliant humans from themselves. The question being how many can be saved or even should they. A strong sequel to Space Junk with characters continuing to attempt to do what they believe is right, The Waymakers are gone!!! Hooray!!! But wait, someone brilliant thinks a partial version of a domineering AI which killed humans by not so randomly turning things off will be a great idea to help get things back to the way they were. Once again, Jack Hale and company find themselves forced to save the brilliant humans from themselves. The question being how many can be saved or even should they. A strong sequel to Space Junk with characters continuing to attempt to do what they believe is right, both good and bad, in believable ways while facing demanding situations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RBSProds

    In the military Sci-Fi novel, “Freezer Burn”, Book 2 of the “Waymaker Wars” series, author Rachel Aukes ‘ups the ante’ on many intrigues within the Sol solar system for the stealthy Captain Hale and crew of the “Cabrón”, and all mankind. Just when they rejoice at the departure of Waymaker, new challenges arise that are just as deadly, if not moreso. Metrell and Junger are still around, desperate to keep complete control of everything and ward off insurrections. Aukes delivers new twists and turn In the military Sci-Fi novel, “Freezer Burn”, Book 2 of the “Waymaker Wars” series, author Rachel Aukes ‘ups the ante’ on many intrigues within the Sol solar system for the stealthy Captain Hale and crew of the “Cabrón”, and all mankind. Just when they rejoice at the departure of Waymaker, new challenges arise that are just as deadly, if not moreso. Metrell and Junger are still around, desperate to keep complete control of everything and ward off insurrections. Aukes delivers new twists and turns that tie everything together, for our trusty crew of space pirates in a solar system dominated by Sol Corps. She even takes one thread to extreme and dangerous and delightful limits near the end. It’s yet anoher highly-entertaining novel, that leads up to Book 3, “Malfunction Juction”. For those who buy this as standalone, she gives catch up synopses of Book 1, along the way. Kindle. 321 pages.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cecile

    I’m worn out, but it is a war series after all I’m a bit anxious with this story. It’s not over—the misery, loss, and adversity. Because I like the crew and some of the other characters, I will read the last in the series. I know someone from the crew dies, so I’m trying to not stay too attached. The years that passed in this story amazes me. Along with the arrival of the Glimmers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    4.5 This author keeps surprising me in the quality of her stories. The title didn’t appeal to me but the comment were positive so I decided to give the second book a try. I had really enjoyed the first. Well, the second didn’t slow down either, so I am off to read the final book. Well worth the time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Great ending What an awesome ending! And I love that they have added a new member to the crew; I hope they keep that up. These books are fun to read and keep me entertained...looking forward to the next one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Noodle The Naughty Night Owl

    9/10: Fantastic, left me wanting more. Jack smirked. “Enhancements.” “She’s not talking about your skills in the bedroom, you man-child." I wish this series was all out already. Waiting for the next is killing me. Love these books! 9/10: Fantastic, left me wanting more. Jack smirked. “Enhancements.” “She’s not talking about your skills in the bedroom, you man-child." I wish this series was all out already. Waiting for the next is killing me. Love these books!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ernest

    Good read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cmoore

    Wow, I don't even know how to review this book... even after thinking about for several days... I will say that this book is awesome and Rachel Aukes doesn't let up. Where the last book ended with the Waymakers leaving the Solar system leaving humanity to govern themselves. I really didn't have a clue as to what Rachel Aukes would do inorder to keep up the pace. In steps a new AI to pick-up where the Waymakers left off except this time the AI aptly named Glitch had no limiter, no compunctions had Wow, I don't even know how to review this book... even after thinking about for several days... I will say that this book is awesome and Rachel Aukes doesn't let up. Where the last book ended with the Waymakers leaving the Solar system leaving humanity to govern themselves. I really didn't have a clue as to what Rachel Aukes would do inorder to keep up the pace. In steps a new AI to pick-up where the Waymakers left off except this time the AI aptly named Glitch had no limiter, no compunctions had been placed on it about preserving life... and are the Waymakers truly gone? You're not gonna wanna miss out, grab the book to find out how that works out. And of course grab the audiobook because Scott Aiello has a story to tell you! Here's a couple of quotes that I really liked: "There was an old Martian saying that the only thing you could get for free from a Martian was a knife in the back." "He died with a sparkling clean conscience because it’d never been used a day in his life."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eric Straddeck

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard borror

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ernst

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Smith

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Delventhal

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tao

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine B. Baker

  22. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vera Alder

  25. 4 out of 5

    Voracious Reader

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Symons

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim Lemay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Robert L

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gerard Francis Smith

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael Carr

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